“In planning the course of our lives, we must remember the importance and the dignity of our own freedom.  A man who fears to settle his future by a good act of his own free choice does not understand the love
of God.  For our freedom is a gift of God has given us in order that He may be able to love us more perfectly, and be loved by us more perfectly in return.”

–Thomas Merton

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Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have re­suited in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of humankind, and the advent of a world in which human be­ings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

 

Whereas it is essential, if men and women are not com­pelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be pro­tected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas. the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human-rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to pro­mote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion-of uni­versal respect for and observance of human rights and funda­mental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of the pledge.

Now, therefore, the General Assembly proclaims this universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration  constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

–Extract from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

 

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Now is the time

To climb up the mountain

And reason against habit.

Now is the time.

Now is the time

To renew the barren soil of nature

Ruined by the winds of tyranny.

Now is the time.

 

Now is the time

To commence the litany of hope.

Now is the time.

Now is the time

To give me roses, not to keep them

For my grave to come.

Give them to me while my heart beats,

Give them today

While my heart yearns for jubilee.

Now is the time .. .

 

Mzwahhe Mbuli South Africa

 

 

 

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